File:Coolieusa.jpg|thumb|United States political cartoon: ''Uncle Sam kicks out the Chinaman (term)|Chinaman'', referring to the Chinese Exclusion Act. Image published in 19th century.
'''Xenophobia''' is the fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.
Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup
towards an Outgroup (sociology)|outgroup
, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity.
[Guido Bolaffi. ''Dictionary of race, ethnicity and culture''. SAGE Publications Ltd., 2003. Pp. 332.]
Xenophobia can also be exhibited in the form of an "uncritical exaltation of another culture" in which a culture is ascribed "an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality".
The terms xenophobia and racism